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Applications Are Live for the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival

CFF_Orange logo text onlyCome get Kinda WEIRD with us!

Cincinnati, OH — Know Theatre of Cincinnati invites artists of all kinds and sorts, from those hugging the banks of the Ohio River to those based overseas, to apply for the 17th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival (May 29 – June 13, 2020). A 14-day theatre and arts extravaganza, Cincy Fringe (as it’s succinctly known) features an abundance of opportunities for independent artists in the worlds of theatre, visual art, music, film, dance, and everything between to present their work to paying audiences. And if you’re Kinda WEIRD, well, don’t worry…so are we!

Fringe programming features numerous categories and therefore numerous applications. For more info on applying, including this year’s Frequently Asked Question document, and to view the applications, artists can head over to https://www.cincyfringe.com/apply. Some applications feature a fee ($15-60), but some are free to submit. All applications for the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival are due by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, December 8th, 2019.

If artists have any questions, they can always drop a line to Cincy Fringe Producer Chris Wesselman at cincyfringe@knowtheatre.com.


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CFF19: Fringe Encores/Pick of the Fringe

CFF19_MirandaOur slate of award-winners is:

  • Audience Pick – THE VEGETABLES! by Old, Old, Old, Very Old Man Productions!
  • Fringe Next Pick – TALES FROM THE CUCKOO CLUB from Caldera Studios!
  • Artists’ Pick – MY GERIATRIC UTERUS from Aggressive Curl Pattern Productions!
  • Critics’ Pick – THIS HOUSE WILL NEVER LET US GO from Gideon Productions!
  • Producer’s Pick – DESCENT: A Murder Ballad from Hannah Gregory!
  • Full Frontal Pick – ZOINKS! from Queen City Flash!

And our slate of Encores, drawn from our available Pick of the Fringe Winners as well as our “Shows You Wished You’d Gotten To See” votes are as follows:

  • 1:30 PM – DESCENT: A Murder Ballad at Know Theatre
  • 2:45 PM – MY GERIATRIC UTERUS at Art Academy Room 103
  • 4:00 PM – ZOINKS! at Art Academy Room 563
  • 6:30 – THE VEGETABLES! at Know Theatre
  • 7:45 – 90 LIES AN HOUR at Know Theatre **PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE**
  • 9:00 – LET’S PRANK CALL EACH OTHER at Know Theatre

For individual tickets visit https://knowtheatre.vbotickets.com/events

For an Encore Pass visit https://knowtheatre.vbotickets.com/events and click on the Subscriptions tab.

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Cincy Fringe’s Encore Performances Present the Best of the Fest!

CFF_Orange logo text onlyCINCINNATI, June 13, 2019 – The 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is in its last days! With 42 performances remaining over the final three days, there are still plenty of chances – but not a lot of time – to come get weird at Cincy Fringe, where our motto is “Kinda Weird – Like You.”

Primary Lineup performances continue on Thursday and Friday, in staggered start times from 6:30 to 9 pm. With almost all productions coming in under an hour, it’s easy to sample multiple shows in one evening! Many performances so far this festival have been sold out or very close to capacity (we’re approaching a record-breaking year for sold out performances!), so patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance on our website or by calling the box office at 513-300-5669. The full lineup is available at cincyfringe.com.

On Saturday, June 15, we will present a day-long festival grand finale of Encore Performances. The Pick of the Fringe Awards will be announced on Friday night, beginning at approximately 10:30 pm; each of the six winning productions will present one final performance to close out the festival. This “Best of the Fest” lets audiences sample (or revisit) the most highly-lauded and noteworthy productions of 2019 Cincy Fringe.

Individual tickets for Encore Performances go on sale both in-person and online for $15/ticket on Friday night after the winners are announced, but until then, the only way for patrons to guarantee themselves a spot to see these award-winning productions is with the purchase of an Encore Pass. At $75, these passes offer a great value (six tickets for the price of five) and ensure the holder a seat in each Encore Performance. The performances begin at 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:45 pm, and 9:00 pm.

After the winners of the Pick of the Fringe Awards are announced live in Friday night’s Bar Series programming at the Know Theatre, the lineup of Encore Performances will be shared with audiences through the Cincinnati Fringe Festival website, cincyfringe.com, as well as through our digital newsletter and all our social media channels.

For additional details on the 2019 Cincy Fringe, please visit

The 16th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Now through June 15, 2019
Individual performance and event times vary.
Visit https://www.cincyfringe.com for more information.

Fringe HQ (Know Theatre)
1120 Jackson Street 45202

Individual performance and event venues vary.
Visit https://www.cincyfringe.com for more information.

$15 single tickets
Multi-show pass options available.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting https://www.cincyfringe.com
or by calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW). 

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible. 

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign .

The  Ohio Arts Council  helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. 

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation , helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the  Greater Cincinnati Foundation , which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. 

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.

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Second Weekend Bigger and Fringier!

CF19_logoCINCINNATI, June 7 – The Cincinnati Fringe Festival roars into its second weekend! The performing arts festival that’s Kinda Weird, Like You features a jam-packed schedule of performances and events, with options for all ages and tastes.

Primary Lineup performances continue all weekend, with staggered start times from 2:30 to 9 pm. Each show is an hour or less, giving audiences plenty of choice in how they schedule their days at Fringe. And there’s so much to choose from, with 26 performances on Saturday alone! Productions run the gamut from solo storytelling to dance pieces to conventional plays (although “conventional” is a relative word at Fringe).

Many performances so far this festival have been sold-out or very close to capacity, so patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at cincyfringe.com or by calling the box office at 513-300-5669; the box office is open from 11 am to 9:30 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Fringe is all about doing more, so the Fringe doesn’t stop when the Primary Lineup does! There are several options for younger audiences in the Family Friendly Fringe selection. This weekend, they include Storytime with Sparkle, in which one of Cincinnati’s most popular child-friendly drag clowns will read picture books about diversity and acceptance, Show Up, Kids!, a one-man improvised show that incorporates suggestions from young audience members to craft its narrative, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Madcap Puppets. Showtimes are at 11 am and 1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and tickets may be reserved for free at cincyfringe.com.

We’d never forget to mention our late-night lineup of irreverent, unpredictable, but always entertaining Bar Series programming. Every night, we hear from Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News for all the news that’s fit to Fringe, and then launch into special events! This weekend, Friday night is Fringe-oke (that’s karaoke with a Fringy twist!), Saturday night is Fringe Prom: Sweet 16, and Sunday night we honor the artistic community with Everyone’s an Artist Night, where artist discounts at the bar are extended to all patrons.

After all of that, we’re dark on Monday (because Fringe staff will all need the chance to sit in a dim room with a cool beverage for a moment) but then we’ll be back on Tuesday for Fringe’s final week!

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CFF19: My Fringe Show Rankings

Updated 6/14/19 11:15am

Picks of the Fringe
As a “critic” I get to nominate productions as my choice for the Critic’s Pick of the Fringe. Below, in alphabetical order, are the shows IMHO currently in the running for nomination.

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Paul Strickland. Photo by Paul Kerford Wilson.

Paul Strickland returns with the fourth part of his Trailer Park Trilogy (and no, you don’t need to have seen the previous shows to enjoy this one.) 90 LIES AN HOUR features three new tales written and performed by this talented storyteller which are full of wit, wonderful word play and a bit of down home wisdom. The show is closed out with a song that expertly brings the show full circle.



Hannah Gregory as The Angel, Tess Talbot as Annie & Wes Carmen as Paul. Photo by Paul Kerford Wilson.

DESCENT: A Murder Ballad
A simple story told incredibly well, punctuated by the haunting and soulful songs performed by Hannah Gregory, who is also responsible for the book and music. Caitlin McWethy’s nuanced direction elicits some wonderful performances from her small, talented cast lead by the wonderful Tess Talbot. The show flowed extremely well, and the small addition and removal of a black jacket made it easy to follow the story as it jumped between past and present.


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Jen Joplin. Photo by Dan Winters.

Local actress and “middle-aged mother” Jen Joplin unsurprisingly impresses in her one-person show, THE MILF ALSO RISES. Joplin builds an instant rapport with the audience, giving the show a “hanging with an old friend” vibe that is punctuated with a wry smile, a smart tongue, a bit of self-deprecating humor, and a few slugs of bourbon. The script is timely, smart and insightful without being a lecture.


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Rebecca Comtois as Joan, Kristen Vaughan as Iris & Playwright Mac Rogers as Griffin. Photo by Jeff Burkle.

Fringe favorite Gideon Productions returns this year with an unique take on a horror genre staple. Playwright Mac Rogers provides a smartly-written, character-driven script that plays to the strengths of the excellent cast. Together they easily pull the audience into the “House” as the tale builds to a shocking and satisfying conclusion.



Jordan Trovillion as Nolan Blackwell & playwright Trey Tatum as Casper. Photo by Paul Kerford Wilson.

Part homage and part satire, ZOINKS is a modern take on the teenage mystery solver (and their trusted canine companion). The staging is incredibly creative and engaging thanks to the directing skills of Bridget Leak. So engaging in fact, that several audience members are asked to lend their voices to the story. Jordan Trovillion is excellent as Nolan Blackwell, the teenage sleuth who would rather confront monsters and mysteries than the realities of her home. Tatum also takes on the role of Casper, Nolan’s four-legged partner in crime-solving, a friend so true that you will make you miss your own pup. A truly remember-able Fringe experience.

My Fringe Show Rankings
While all shows cannot be a “pick,” there are plenty of strong and enjoyable productions to choose from for your fringe adventure. Below I am ranking the other shows I’ve attended to date, based on a number of criteria from the voices in my head. 🙂 Please understand that differences between shows in the rankings can be infinitesimal. Update 6/5. I’ve split out the solo performances into their own list.

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    Sarah Willis as Kay in KILL YOU WITH MY LOVE. Photo by Kyle Chaney.

    A solid ensemble brings this tale of a cursed love life to life on stage. As she packs to flee another possible tragedy, the classic rock records Kay plays summons the haunting memories of her late lovers.

    Local actor and playwright Sean P. Mette smartly fictionalizes the final years of Martha. Born in captivity, this Cincinnati Zoo resident was the last surviving passenger pigeon in existence. Does knowing you are the last of your kind bring any comfort?

Solo Performances

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